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In 1962 Massachusetts was plagued by a witchcraft craze that would result in the hanging of at least 20 people and the jailing of at least 150 others This event is considered one of the most tragic incidents in our American history The witchcraft hysteria originated in the small village of Salem where most of the people were poor uneducated but more importantly superstitious The town was quick to blame witchcraft when several of the girls in the village became indisposed by a bizarre ailment involving lapses and seizures into an unconscious case These afflicted girls were questioned for some time and submitted the names of the women who were responsible for this awful spell Eventually other ailing girls began to give names of those who were presumably persecuting them leaving dozens of peopled jailed As soon as this witchcraft hysteria began to get out of hand the Governor of the Massachusetts Bay Colony designated several of the colonys leading citizens to assemble a special court responsible for trying all those suspected of witchcraft It was at this point that the Salem witch trials began and would later be the plot of a major 19th century play It was 1953 when Arthur Miller wrote The Crucible which translates to the test a play based on the actual events of the witch trials in Salem during 1692 Although Millers play is a strong story about what took place in Salem Village it was inspired by Millers belief that the madness surrounding the witchcraft trials is parallel to the contemporary political climate of McCarthyism In Arthur Millers version of the Salem witchcraft trials he strongly shows the many tests that were laid upon the characters and goes out of his way to sum up the way they were handled Almost every character in The Crucible was tested such as John Proctor Reverend Parris and Reverend John Hale John Proctor supposedly culpable of taking part in witchcraft is
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